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Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.
- Henry David Thoreau, an American writer, and naturalist spent time in prison and laid the foundations for passive resistance in his book Civil Disobedience. He died today, 1862.
Historical News on May 06
Four-Minute Mile Barrier Just Broken by Bannister
1954 Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old British medical student, broke an invisible barrier today when he ran a mile in three-fifths of a second less than four minutes.
He was running at the Iffley Road track in Oxford, representing the university against the Amateur Athletics Association, with two fellow students setting the pace.
Experts long held that it was impossible for man to run a mile in less than four minutes.
Today Bannister took two seconds off the previous record, set by Swede Gunder Hagg in 1945.
What will be next- a three-and-three-quarter-minute mile?
1840 For just a penny, you can now send a letter anywhere in the British Isles.
The penny buys you a printed token – a “stamp” bearing the queen’s portrait, with gum on the back so it can be pasted onto an envelope.
The scheme is the controversial brain of Rowland Hill.
1937 The giant German transatlantic airship Hindenburg exploded while landing in New Jersey tonight and plunged to the ground in flames, killing 35 of the 97 aboard and injuring many others.
Herb Morrison, a radio commentator for WLS in Chicago, described the scene to listeners.
“Oh, the humanity, all the passengers, I don’t believe it,” he said before breaking down in tears.
Sailors from the nearby naval base fought to rescue passengers from the burning wreck.
The 1,000-ft (304-m) airship was delayed by a thunderstorm at the end of her three-day crossing from Frankfurt, and it is thought lightning-ignited her 7 million cubic ft of hydrogen gas as her wet mooring ropes touched the ground.
This is the fifth airship to crash and today’s tragedy must spell the end of the line for them.
Moors Murderers Put Away for Life
1966 “Moors Murderer” Lan Brady was sentenced today to three concurrent life sentences and his accomplice, Myra Hindley, to two.
Their crimes came to light when Hindley’s brother-in-law, David Smith, saw them kill 17-year-old Edward Evans with an axe.
A left-luggage ticket then led to tapes and photographs of missing Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10.
The couple had recorded her ordeal before killing her, burying the body on the Pennine Moors in the north of England.
They also killed 12-years-old John Kilbride, and police are still searching the moors for the bodies of two other children.
Dutch Buy Manhattan for A Song
1626 A Dutch official named Peter Minuit today bought the 22 sq mile (57 sq km) island of Manhattan from local Indians.
He certainly got a good deal.
The Indians refused his gold and silver they wanted knives, beads, trinkets, and accepted on offer of them to the value of only 60 guilders (£13/$24).
In fact Manhattan has belonged to Holland since 1609 when Henry Hudson, at the commission of the Dutch, explored the Hudson River while seeking a route to the Orient.
The first settlers arrived two years ago, when the new Dutch West India Company’s first governor, Cornelius Mey, arrived with 30 families and founded the colony of New Netherland up the Hudson River.
Minuit today is named and is building a fort there.
Manhattan was first discovered 100 years ago by the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, who thought Delaware Bay was the opening to the Pacific.